Councilmember Bernard C. Parks will appear on The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC tonight around 6:30 p.m. (pacific time) to discuss police tactics utilized during the 1965 and 1992 riots in Los Angeles and what changes law enforcement in Ferguson, Missouri should embody to avoid further distrust by the public.
After weeks of protests, marches, and destruction of property following the August 9, 2014 death of Brown, many are anticipating further chaos to ensue if the grand jury does not find sufficient evidence to charge Officer Darren Wilson. The various law enforcement agencies that arrived in the area in attempts to quell the situation (from the St. Louis police department, to the National Guard, and others), in many instances only inflamed tensions by excessively using pepper spray, infringing upon the right to peaceably assemble and restricting media access.
Parks, a Civil Rights Walk of Fame inductee, served as Chief of Police for the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) from 1997-2002 and as an officer for 38 years. He was Assistant Chief during the OJ Simpson chase and Deputy Chief during the Rodney King beating: two highly incendiary events in Los Angeles’s and the world’s history.
Councilmember Bernard C. Parks is concluding his third and final term as a Councilmember for the 8th district in the City of Los Angeles. As Councilmember, he is a staunch advocate for holding elected officials accountable for their actions and promoting transparency. As former Chief of Police with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), he is credited with creating the nation’s first Cold Case Unit to close unsolved crimes and reforming one of the nation’s most renowned police forces. Councilmember Bernard C. Parks will celebrate 50 years of public service on February 1, 2015.
WHEN: Tuesday, November 18 around 6:30 p.m. (pacific time)
WHO: Councilmember Bernard C. Parks Host, Rachel Maddow
WHERE: On TV, The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC
Check your cable provider for channel. Episode available on MSNBC.com after airdate.